Monday, June 1, 2015

editor's pick: June

All right, so I'm trying something new here on my dusty blog. I am the editor; that means I get to have choices and picks, right? So, if you're looking for something new or interesting to read, I offer some recommendations from LT3's shelves. And as a bonus, you can use code* 89fbf0 to take 15% off your purchase of the following titles:

Alpha Trine by Lexi Ander
gay, poly, sci-fi
The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar'Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents' court refuse to ever trust a frail human.

Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they've brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.
- If you like sci-fi and/or poly, this one is definitely worth the read. I enjoyed the hell out of it and regularly re-read it. It has a sequel, Striker, that is also well worth the read.

bisexual, gay, contemporary
Alex always had it easy growing up, indulged by loving, but busy parents as he flitted from one interest to another without settling. Then he discovered the world of fine dining and became determined to be a chef capable of producing such magnificent meals. Despite the doubts of a father who limited his funds, and the difficulties of leaving Germany to live in the United States, Alex stuck to his new goal and graduated the Culinary Institute of America.

Fresh out of school, he is eager to begin work at the restaurant owned by a good friend of his father's, a restaurant well known for the beautiful, innovative meals its chefs create. He is primed to join the ranks of those masterful chefs—until the day he starts, and learns that he is nothing more than kitchen lackey, lower in rank than even the dishwashers.

Worse, his boss is none other than Nik, the beautiful, infuriating, highly talented classmate that Alex could never best—or resist.
- This one might leave you salivating a bit because Talya does not hold back on the descriptions of the dishes that make an appearance in this story. But it's worth it. This is book one of a series. The sequels are The Competitive Edge and Surfeit for the Senses

A Matter of Disagreement by E.E. Ottoman
trans, gay, fantasy
The rise of mechanical animation, and its popularity at court, is threatening to end Andrea's scholarly pursuits of spell craft and literature—and force him to let go of his assistants, who depend on him to support their families. In retaliation against the field that is ruining his life, Andrea begins to campaign against it. The efforts gain him notoriety, but do not solve his financial dilemmas.

When he is dragged to a party by his brother, he comes face to face with the man who pioneered mechanical animation: Leon Gregory de la Marche VI, Marquis de la Marche. And he is not at all what Andrea expected.

- A sweet romance with a dash of enemies to lovers. I really loved this one. Also part of a series (I seem to have set upon a trend with this post). The sequels are Duende and Winter's Bees. You'll definitely want to check them all out.

gay, paranormal

Bitten on the job, Laurence is left to readjust to living as one of the drinkers he has always hunted. In
order to be declared a stable citizen—and get back to work—he must attend a series of court-mandated sessions with a psychiatrist specializing in newly-turned drinkers.

The worst part of being a drinker, besides adjusting to life without sunlight, is that it's mostly doctors and red tape and tedium—right up until it isn't.

- Yeah... I hope no one was expecting me to be impartial here. I love this one. It's vampires and bureaucracy and it's awesome. Not part of a series, but it is from the Proud to Be a Vampire collection.

The Only Way by Jamie Sullivan
lesbian, fantasy

In the Gutter, there are only two ways for a girl to earn a living—among the trash or on her back. When Hart decides that's not good enough for her, she takes on the high stakes world of no-holds-barred fighting. There's just one problem: women aren't allowed in the ring.

Hair cut short and dressed in her father's old clothes, Hart ventures into the Alley and the world of arena fighting. There she meets Ruby, the daughter of the Arena owner and a brilliant fighter in her own right. When she offers Hart the chance for friendship, Hart cannot resist.

But Ruby thinks Hart is a man, and as she and Ruby grow closer, it gets harder and harder to maintain the fa├žade...

- Another excellent read. Great characters, great story - great everything. Don't pass it up! Standalone.

* coupon expires June 30, 2015. Be sure to check back in on July 1 for a new picks and a new code!

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